Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Sacred Heart

"Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth!"
-Henry David Thoreau

Posted by mea at 8:46 PM 4 Observations

Monday, February 27, 2006

Lost and Found

Sorry for the late post! I was walking in Monroe Park near VCU's Campus on Sunday and came across this very interesting arrangement.

Any ideas on the story?

Posted by mea at 8:27 PM 4 Observations

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Uptown Color

I was inspired by the colorful posts in Karine's blog and decided to show off a little bit local color. This great detail work can be found above a door on the 1200 block of Main Street, which houses various small businesses and coffee shops.

I have to say that I thought that the lack of symmetry was particularly interesting. You can see the full photo here.

Posted by mea at 1:08 PM 3 Observations

Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Virginia Home

This is a close up of the windows on The Virginia Home. I had never seen this building before and as I was walking around last weekend, I stumbled upon this great big building that reminded me a little bit of the movie The House on Haunted Hill.

I did a little bit of research and found out that it was originally located in Shockoe Bottom, founded in 1894, and known as "The Virginia Home for the Incurables." Isn't it funny how time and political correctness take over?

Posted by mea at 10:05 AM 5 Observations

Friday, February 24, 2006

Something different...

Thanks to Ham and his blog, I had a lot of fun photoshopping this photo. I took this picture Saturday when it was about 20 degrees and we had snow fluttering about. The colors really popped out to me, hope you enjoy (here's the original).

Posted by mea at 12:58 PM 2 Observations

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Shield's Lake

This is a photo of Shield's Lake and the waterfall that connects to Swan Lake. These two lakes are actually resevoirs and I also found a picture of Shield's Lake from 1927. It's really interesting that there are people swimming in this lake since from what I could see it appears to be less than knee deep!

Posted by mea at 8:44 AM 6 Observations

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Can-Can, sans the high kicks

This is "Can-Can", a relatively new restaurant here in Richmond that is designed to mimic the French brasseries. It's located in the Carytown Shopping Disctrict and it is packed all the time. In case you're interested, the do free wine tastings on Tuesday evenings.

I haven't eaten here, but my French friends tell me it has great atmosphere and mediocre bread!

Posted by mea at 11:43 PM 6 Observations

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Doric Dork

This is a photo of about a block of front porches again in the Fan District. As you can see in the photo most of the columns are the very simple Tuscan style (Roman precursor to the Greek Doric), although some of the larger homes and the apartments buildings have the more elaborate styles (Ionic, Corinthian, etc).

From one house to the next in this neighborhood, you never know which style will greet you next, or what variation the capital will have to make it unique. And yet, despite the wide range of architecture and detail, when viewed from the street the columns provide a visual sense of unity, allowing the eye to appreciate the esthetic as a whole.

Most of the columns in Richmond are still the original wood (and in need of a coat of paint). Although you will see some homes in the process of renovation sometimes choosing the man-made alternatives.

Another interesting porch fact: many rowhouse porches are entirely connected (ie, one slab of concrete). I'll let you see Richmonders' unique solution later on in the week.

Posted by mea at 10:56 AM 8 Observations

Monday, February 20, 2006

Richmond's Carillon

Richmond features a beautiful 240 foot carillon in Dogwood Dell near Byrd Park. This is a through and through shot from the right hand side (here is a full-size picture of the Carillon). It was built as a tribute to WWI men and servicewomen comissioned by the Virginia General Assembly between 1924-1928.

The city and arts councils sponsor concerts there for military-related holidays (Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, etc) and they do still play the carillon. They also host Arts in the Park, a 4th of July celebration and weddings.

This carillon originally had 66 bells, but only played 53 notes (the extra bells were on the higher notes, intended to increase volume), but today after a 1970's renovation it now has 53 bells and plays 53 notes.

Posted by mea at 12:20 PM 19 Observations

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Columbus Monument

This is the Columbus Statue at the south end of Boulevard near Byrd Park. It was the first Columbus statue erected in the South and the first lighted statue in Richmond. Sculpted by Ferruccio L. Legnaioli in 1927, it was commissioned by the Sons of Italy and Italians of Richmond. The entrance to Byrd Park is to the left and if you drive or walk around the back there is a great terrace-style fountain inset in the curved stone wall.

My little dogs particularly like seeing this statue because it means the dog park is right around the corner!

Posted by mea at 7:02 PM 2 Observations

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Welcome to the Richmond Daily Photo Blog!

Welcome to the Richmond, VA daily photo blog!

This is a typical apartment building located on the southern end of Boulevard in Richmond's Fan District. The Fan District composes more than 100 city blocks and is the largest surviving Victorian neighborhood in the United States. It was originally known as the "West End", but Richmond spread further to the west and developers continued to search for a more distinct and coherent name. Finally, Neville Johnson in the 1950s published a brochure entitled "The Fan--Town Houses for Gracious Living." (The name comes from the pentagon shape of Monroe Park and the streets that "fan" out from there.) Today, the joke exists that it is also the "Fan" district because many of the homes have not been updated with air conditioning.

Posted by mea at 3:44 PM 0 Observations